Superman is one of the most beloved superheroes there is and after the failure of Superman Returns in 2006 it couldn’t take that long before the franchise would be rebooted again. Man of Steel is that reboot and it is directed by Zach Snyder (300, Sucker Punch, Watchmen). After the success of the Batman trilogy the writing team of Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer would pen down the script. The result is Man of Steel, which just like Batman Begins tells the origin story of the superhero again.
If you know the story of Superman (and most of us will) you exactly know what you can expect. As a baby Superman is sent to earth because the planet Krypton is on the brink of destruction. There he starts searching for his own identity. But of course you watch this movie to see how that’s story has been brought to the screen. Man of Steel doesn’t tell the story in a chronological way and introduces Clark Kent as an “Alaskan fisherman”. It doesn’t take long however before the action starts and during a spectacular actionscene you already see part of Superman’s powers. These type of movies need a villain and here it is General Zod (Michael Shannon) who is introduced through a flashback as a ruthless man who want to save Krypton his way. Superman’s father (Russell Crowe) fights him and puts a codex in his son’s spaceship which Zod wants to get his hands on.
Man of Steel is mainly an action movie, mixed with a little bit of drama. Henry Cavill is good in his role as the man of steel and has the proper build to breathe life into the character. Superman’s big love, Lois Lane, is played by Amy Adams who doesn’t spend enough time on screen with him to make for a convincing love interest. The movie is a bit long (143 minutes). Because of the non stop action (which slowly becomes a bit too much) you start to feel that length. A big fight at the end of the movie strongly reminded me of the final Matrix movie. Man of Steel was entertaining though, but it missed the emotional charge to be really memorable.